Gilford-Johnson fortifies leadership

Scott Roy, president and CEO.

Jeffersonville, Ind.—Scott Roy, president and CEO of Gilford-Johnson Flooring, has created a new senior leadership team to further enhance integration efforts for the combined company and focus on growing the business going forward.

The new team members are as follows: Melinda McChesney will continue to serve in her position as president, Southeast division. However, her role has shifted away from day-to-day managerial duties to concentrate on the Gartman Systems software conversion. She will also be heavily involved in transitioning the Tarkett/Johnsonite relationship to other senior leaders.

Scott Shanks becomes senior vice president, finance and administration. Sandra Webb will report directly to Shanks as vice president, finance, Southeast division.

Rob Purkins has been appointed to the position of senior vice president, products and marketing. He brings years of experience in flooring, leading product management and marketing functions. Jodie Doyle will continue to report to Purkins as vice president, product management. Both will relinquish their direct sales supervision responsibilities.

Nik Burdett holds the newly created position of senior vice president, sales. A seasoned industry leader, Burdett will be responsible for the entire sales team from Indiana and Ohio down to South Florida. His previous sales service responsibilities will move to David Dobbs going forward.

Dobbs becomes senior vice president, sales service, purchasing and inventory. In this position, he will lead the multi-faceted aspects of sales support from order entry to inventory receiving. All sales service centers will report up through Dobbs, as will the purchasing department for all products/suppliers. He will also lead inventory control and claims.

Lastly, Christopher Nelson has been named vice president, strategy and human resources. In this capacity, he will lead the human resources, legal and strategy functions for the combined company.

“I’m very confident that with this strong leadership team we are utilizing the right people to lead within Gilford-Johnson and are now poised to operate one unified company effectively,” Roy stated.

Since he first assumed his position in February, the process of integrating the old Gilford-Flooring with Johnson Wholesale Floors has been Roy’s primary focus. The new senior leadership team allows him to concentrate more on the issues involved in running the business while other senior leaders increase their ownership of the integration process.

As part of the changes, Roy himself will oversee all of the company’s activities, directing its strategic focus and driving Gilford-Johnson’s growth in its key markets. The combined operations team will report directly to him, as will the members of the senior leadership group.

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Scott Roy named president, CEO of Gilford-Johnson Flooring

Scott Roy-2Jeffersonville, Ind.–Gilford-Johnson Flooring, LLC has named former Haines executive Scott Roy as its new president and CEO, effective Feb. 15. Roy will succeed Dennis Cook, who will be retiring from this position at the end of March. Cook will assist Roy with the transition and integration process throughout the coming months.

In his new role, Roy will be responsible for overseeing the newly merged Gilford and Johnson Wholesale. “His results oriented approach and experience in our industry will play a pivotal role in continuing our growth and innovation,” Cook said.

Roy spent 11 years with J.J. Haines & Co., beginning as vice president of sales, and then promoted to senior vice president of Armstrong sales & marketing and customer service. During that time, he served as an executive team member and was responsible for leading the dedicated Armstrong division. He also managed the customer service organization across the entire Haines enterprise.

Blue Equity, LLC, the majority shareholder of Gilford-Johnson, identified Cook’s successor and led the interview process. “We are excited to have Scott come aboard and lead Gilford-Johnson,” said Jonathan Blue, chairman and managing director of Blue Equity. “With his experience in flooring distribution and his passion for the business, we will further our strategy to expand the business with acquisitions, new partners, and new product lines to become one of the leading distributors in the nation.”

Roy has spent close to 30 years in the flooring and window treatment industries. He began his career with Armstrong World Industries in 1986 and spent 14 years in various sales and marketing assignments. He left in 1999 to become the national director of sales for an independent Hunter Douglas fabricator, Elmar Window Fashions.

“I can’t think of a more exciting time to join Gilford-Johnson,” Roy said. “With the recent merger of Gilford and Johnson, we now have two great companies joining forces to provide outstanding products, services and value to our customers. I look forward to working with Blue Equity, the Gilford-Johnson team, suppliers and customers. I’m ready for an exciting adventure.”

Roy graduated from Grove City College with a BA in Economics and Political Science. He and his wife Teresa have three children; Colleen, 17, Shannen, 15, and David, 13. The family plans to relocate to the Louisville area later this summer.


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J.J. Haines rockets to new heights

by Emily J. Cappiello

Baltimore—It takes more than a challenging economic climate to slow the Haines Loyalty Club’s momentum. The retail group arm of the nation’s No. 1 flooring distributor saw its membership increase from 272 to its current 288, according to Scott Roy, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, and those members grew their businesses a collective 4% compared to the distributor’s retailers outside the program, who saw declines of about 5% in overall business. Continue reading J.J. Haines rockets to new heights